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Jul 20, 2009 08:01 PM

Arthur Ave pre game Italian

Want a great, casual Italian place in the original Little Italy. Like fish, pasta and thin, wood fired pizza margherita, unless there are some must have's.

Will also take recs on gelato and cannoli to eat while we walk to the stadium (having said that, we have no idea how long it will take us!).

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  1. Zero Otto Nove - they have everything you just mentioned above and it's delicious.
    For pastries you definitely want to go to Delillo's. It's around the corner on 187th street.
    Have fun.

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    1. re: tnhayes0405

      Strong second on Zero Otto Nove, which we first tried a few weeks ago. Both pizzas we had, the Margharita and La Riccardo (butternut squash puree, pancetta, smoked mozzarella) were outstanding - amongst the best we've ever had. We then had pretty good gelato down the street at Palumbo's, a corner cafe which has a nice, open air thing going. Don't know if it's the best gelato in the hood, though - would be interested in hearing other suggestions.

      1. re: Polecat

        Strong third on Zero Otto Nove. I love eating at the bar there. Its right next to the kitchen so you get your food within seconds of it leaving the pan. Brick oven pizzas are terrific. Love the ragu and the pork chops with vinegar peppers. Also great salads. I have tried most of the menu and have never been disappointed. Prices are very reasonable for what you get.

    2. A heads up. Zero Otto Nove isn't open on Sundays nor are the food markets. We were in NYC for almost a month and didn't make it out to Arthur Ave. again til the very end - a Sunday. I'd planned on picking up some food goodies to take home. Actually had a decent snack with wine at Umberto's Clam House (is that the name?).

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      1. re: c oliver

        What food goodies were you going to pick up and where?

        1. re: c oliver

          Yes it is, we were just there 2 weeks ago on Sunday. It's Roberto's that's closed on Sundays.

          1. re: pds8232

            That's correct. Roberto's is closed Sunday, open Monday; ZON is open Sunday, closed Monday.

            Note that it's certainly true that many of the stores in the area are closed on Sunday (including the market, butchers, etc.), but Tino's Deli is open all day; Casa della Mozzarella is open until 1:00, AFAIR; most - maybe all - of the pastry shops are open; Borgatti's pasta is open until 1:00 except in the summer months; Mt Carmel (the wine/liquor store) opens in the afternoon. If you can only go on Sunday and are interested in a specific store or two, you should definitely call first and check.

            1. re: pds8232

              I guess the guy was lying to us then. I checked my calendar and we were there on Sunday, 7/12. There was a man standing in the doorway of the dark restaurant of ZON. I asked if they were open and he said no. Go figure. (Now I AM talking about lunch if that matters.)

              We did find bakeries that were open but not the little markets that sell specialty, Italian food products. We stopped into Arthur Avenue Cafe where we've gone before and had a glass of wine. They told us that most of the markets like I described weren't open on Sunday.

              Edit: Just checked ZON's website:


              According to it, no lunch on Sundays and Mondays. But they do start serving "dinner" at 1pm. The *guy* didn't mention that.
              It's easy enough for us to go on other days of the week when we're visiting. It is odd though that it appears that particular Sunday they were giving out info that kinda clashes with what some have written here.

              1. re: c oliver

                Well, lunch definitely matters.

                Roberto's main restaurant, for example, is open for lunch during the week but only for dinner on Saturdays (and that's after 4:00 pm) - and yes, ZON opens at 1:00 on Sundays (12:00 during the week - except Mondays). There are also lots of vacation closings in July and August, so I repeat - If you can only go on Sunday, and are interested in specific places, be sure to call and check first.